In an era when the biopsychosocial model is more of a slogan than a reality and social and psychological factors are undervalued, this book comes as a welcome corrective. Professor Brugha and his colleagues have provided us with a highly comprehensive and critical review of the literature on social support and psychiatric disorders. The book consists of 14 chapters written by a group of international scholars from Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Norway, and Australia. The chapters form a cohesive unit and are of uniformly high quality. Although the book is not bedtime reading, it is written with clarity, shows a great deal of scholarship, and provides a balanced perspective.